2024 Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP) Conference

Saturday, March 16, 2024
1:00 PM (PDT)
to Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 5:30 PM (PDT)

The Hierarchical Taxonomy Of Psychopathology (HiTOP) framework is an effort of nosologists from various mental health disciplines to improve the organization, description, and measurement of psychopathology. SPA is partnering with HiTOP to coordinate their 2024 conference, which is a stand-alone meeting with a separate registration fee that will occur on March 16 and 17. The conference will include a number of different presentations and activities, including a plenary speaker, symposia, individual talks, workgroup updates, trainee flash talks and posters, a mentor-mentee lunch, and a trainee breakfast. 

A full schedule with abstracts is available here:

HiTOP Program Link


Registration is now open. You will be directed to the 2024 SPA Convention, and please select the HiTOP Conference registration. Attendees of both the SPA Convention and the HiTOP Conference will receive a discount off of the HiTOP Conference. Register by January 23, 2024 to receive the early-bird discount listed below. 

HiTOP Convention only

Early-Bird Regular On-site
Registration (Student)  $79 $99 $139
Registration (Early-Career)  $179 $199 $239
Registration (Professional)  $249 $269 $309

HiTOP Convention with SPA Convention Discount

Early-Bird Regular On-site
Registration (Student)  $79 $59 $99 $79 $139 $119
Registration (Early-Career)  $179 $139 $199 $159 $239 $199
Registration (Professional)  $249 $199 $269 $219 $309 $259

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March 16
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Welcome and HiTOP - Past, Present, and Future
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM HiTOP Workgroup Updates
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Coffee and Refreshments
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Invited Speaker: Ayelet Ruscio
More information about Dr. Ruscio can be found here: https://psychology.sas.upenn.edu/people/ayelet-meron-ruscio
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Flash Talks
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Joint SPA/HiTOP Reception and Poster Sessions
March 17
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Trainee Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Symposium: Computational Approaches to Understanding Hierarchical Models of Personality and Psychopathology
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Integrated Paper Session: Biological Correlates
Neurostructural Subtypes of General Psychopathology in Youth; Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology Dimensions and the Neural Response to Reward; The Effect of Transdiagnostic Phenotypes on Gene Discovery and Genetic Prediction; Default Mode Network (DMN), HiTOP and RDoC: what is the relationship?; Modeling Relations between ERP Factors and Broader versus Narrower Dimensions of Externalizing Psychopathology
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Coffee and Refreshments
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Symposium: Measurement of the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP): Current Status, Dissemination, and Diversity Efforts
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Integrated Paper Session: Extending HiTOP
ParTy n' Play: Associations between sex-related substance use & disinhibited externalizing spectrum; Utilizing Transdiagnostic Approaches to Enhance Exposure & Response Prevention in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Treatment; Affective control deficits as neurocognitive mechanisms linking emotion-related impulsivity to specific components of internalizing psychopathology; Impact of a personality-targeted prevention program
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Mentor-Trainee No Host Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Symposium: Building from the Ground up: Symptom-focused Approaches to Uncover the Hierarchical Structure of Psychopathology and its Association with Risk, Resilience, and Functioning
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Integrated Paper Session: Model and Measurement
Reliabilities of Discrete versus Continuous Measures in Clinical Practice; The Hierarchical Structure and Longitudinal Measurement Invariance of Externalizing Symptoms; Meta-Analysis of Factor Replicability & Reliability Indices in Structural Models of Psychopathology; Introducing the Psychopathology Circumplex Scales: A Broad-Spectrum Psychopathology Measure; Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology Screening Scale (HiTOP-SS): Validity Evidence for Public Safety Professionals
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Coffee and Refreshments
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Symposium: Using the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP) to Accelerate Clinical Neuroscience
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Integrated Paper Session: Model Structure
What Does the PCL-5 Measure? A Conjoint Hierarchical Analysis Using the MMPI-3; Diversity and the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP); Integrating "Lumpers" Versus "Splitters" Perspectives: Toward a Hierarchical Dimensional Taxonomy of Eating Disorders From Clinician Ratings; Mapping Traditional Personality Disorder Symptom Constructs onto HiTOP Spectra; Validating HiTOP in Early Psychosis: Symptoms and Problems in Daily Living
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